Nils S

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  1. My wife bought her 3rd XC90 a year ago, which I guess speaks for itself. She didn't keep either of the first two much beyond warranty. Repairs and parts are expensive. Great safety features, and all of the self-driving stuff really works. Between us in the last 30-40 years we've owned maybe 30 Volvos. All gas, no hybrids. Expensive but worth it. I currently have an S90, my favorite car ever (except for the '64 'Vette I had when I was 20, but that was a whole 'nother world). The XC90 makes pulling a trailer almost painless. With AWD it'll supposedly pull 6,000 lbs. I'd guess my boat is around 3,500 lbs. loaded and it's no strain at all. Major problem is virtually no aftermarket stuff. It's gotta be genuine Volvo at probably double the cost. As a relevant aside, fthree years ago she bought a VW Atlas. OK car but service was pathetic. It had a roof leak that took the dealer a month to diagnose and fix. A week after we got it back we traded it in on the Volvo.
  2. From a study reported by the NY Times today-Covid Live Updates: Death Toll in India Likely Beyond 3 Million- * The study released on Tuesday estimated that between 3.4 and 4.7 million more people than would normally be expected died between January 2020 and June 2021, and includes an estimate suggesting that deaths from Covid-19 alone may have reached four million. Whoever is orchestrating MickAff's hoax is definitely doing a masterful job, seemingly getting just about everyone in the world with any cred in or associated with the medical fields buying into it. There are even pictures-Photoshopped, of course- of funeral pyres burning the supposed Covid victims. I wonder if the same techs who produced all of the NASA stuff faking the moonwalk were involved in the fake mass burnings in India? Or maybe their kids? (It could be a multigenerational family thing passed down from parent to child, like making fireworks? Or tight walking? Or organized crime? Not only was MickAff incisive enough to put it all together, he was generous enough to attempt to bring us all "into the light.") He tried, he really did. And for that he surely deserves something.
  3. Aren't legit (licensed) service dogs permitted on Florida beaches? According to a pamphlet by Florida Audubon (https://fl.audubon.org/sites/default/files/static_pages/attachments/dogs_on_the_beach12.pdf) that's not a problem. On the linked page: Are service dogs allowed on the beach? In accordance with Americans with Disabilities Act Title III regulations, disabled individuals are allowed to be accompanied by service dogs on any beach open to the public. A service dog is trained to do specific tasks directly related to the owner’s disability. Emotional support animals, comfort animals and therapy dogs are not considered service animals under Title II and Title III of the ADA and therefore are not permitted on beaches that are closed to pets. A service dog must remain under the owner’s control at all times. Any individual whose failure to maintain control of a dog results in disturbance to wildlife will be asked to leave the beach and may receive a citation. For more information: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Coastal Wildlife Conservation Initiative 3377 East US Highway 90 Lake City, FL 32055 MyFWC.com/conservation Coastal@MyFWC.com (386) 754-1668
  4. Doing good Mike-except for some pretty hot late spring/early summer weather. But it hasn't reached 95 degrees and I don't think it has in the 17 years we've been down here. It doesn't get hotter here than it does back in the world, but for sure there's a lot more of it. I couldn't let this thread go. I did Eastern oyster and surf clam histology for four years or so back in undergrad/post grad days. Not surprisingly, 'cause many fisheries work on a boom and bust cycling, the surf clam fishery is pretty well diminished and the oyster industry is starting to build (or "be rebuilt) is maybe more accurate) since then. I hope you and yours are doing well. Are you going to bring you boat to Barnegat or keeping it up North? My last NJ boat was in New Gretna until the greenheads forced me out. Moved it from there to a marina next to the Captain's Inn. Not as nice water but much more civilized flying pests. I don't think there are many critters that are more annoyingly persistent than greenheads.
  5. "...pinholes in the shells?" Those are done by boring sponges (genus Cliona). Do a search on "boring sponges" and you'll get biology, distribution and pictures. If anyone's done any semi-serious oyster shucking he or she has probably come across oysters with heavily bored shells that just about crumble when you try to open 'em. As the articles state, it doesn't damage the meat but it makes the shucking kind of challenging. I avoid them.
  6. Sorry Mick - I missed the Strong Cities Network the first time, or I didn't scroll down far enough. With all those billions of buck to spend you'd think that they'd do something like the Safe Cities Network or the Affordable Cities Network or maybe even the Pleasant Cities Network. Oh well....
  7. "Have you heard of the Rockefeller Strong Cities Network?" I think you mean the Resilient Cities Network, don't you?
  8. MickAff - You wrote "trying to read the rest of your post is migraine inducing." Perhaps to you it is, and if I were you it probably would be to me as well. But the folks at Reveal and their various associates have real credentials-reported and easily verified-and at least in my book a sufficient amount of credibility to cause readers to take them seriously. In everything you've posted that I've read I've never seen anything that even hints about why anyone should accept anything you've proposed beyond the fact that you-a person with no bona fides that I have seen-have proposed it and that most of the rest of us are either morons or are complicit in the greatest universal hoax that has ever been cross-culturally perpetuated! Please forgive my skepticism, but I have yet to be exposed to any reason to lead me to believe you other than your increasingly overzealous (nice word but maybe other, less nice words would be a better fit. I'll leave that as a reader's choice) and increasingly demeaning demands that we collectively do so. Or writing the above more expediently, why should anyone treat you, MickAff, seriously?
  9. An interesting piece in the current Reveal titled Viral Lies with the subtitle "From wild anti-vaccine conspiracy theories to “Stop the Steal” and QAnon, we examine how misinformation swiftly spreads online – and the lives it disrupts" might be of interest to some of you who are following, or participating in following, this thread (The Bill Gates is out to get us conspiracy earned special mention). The site seems to be legit. The staff, Directors and Board all have real, actual reporting backgrounds, connections, etc. I don't know whether a link would be permitted here or not so I'll refrain, but it's gonna be easy to find via Google or any other search engine. It's an interview show but the transcript, though it was a bit hard for me to follow, is on the site. There is also a linked article, Where did the microchip vaccine conspiracy theory come from anyway? which might also be of interest. These people put a serious effort into this work, and what they found definitely deserves your consideration.
  10. "... except there's no good bread of any type in Florida." Amen to that. After 60+ years in New Jersey and environs, moving to Florida-New Smyrna Beach (1/3 of the way up on the East Coast)-was a culinary shock. There are a lot of places to eat and very few that I would look forward to. And cheese stores are out of the question. Decent bread I've found is just about anybody's Cuban bread, but only for Cuban and similar sandwiches. And surprisingly, Winn-Dixie has Ciabatta loaves that are decent-though too small/skinny to be useful in sandwiches. I suspect there's an unwritten law here preventing the baking of crusty crusts. Too rough on the geezers' gums, I guess. At least around here all the other bread is kind of pathetic. Oh yea... a few bakeries/vendors at "farm" markets do make decent bread, but at four or five bucks per baguette or seven or eight bucks for an "artisan" loaf they're too hard for me to swallow.
  11. Tim - I'm coming up on the 20th anniversary of a 5 way bypass. I won't say it was pleasant, but it was much less unpleasant than I had imagined it would be. I was out in 5 or 6 days... then back in the ICU for another week due to some post-op complications. It took me 6 months to get more or less back to normal but I haven't had a cardiac twinge since then (I'm vehemently knocking on an oak desk as I type this). My most vivid memory of the whole ordeal was the arrogance of the surgeon - which, while aggravating was also kind of comforting. Best of luck with whatever they do to you.
  12. Back from the dead with a pineal eye! Good God! This has devolved from the just plain stupid to the seriously weird to the grotesque to the clinically aberrant and has been skirting the criminal for weeks. Can't anyone cut this suffering Aussie a break, put an end to it and put him out of his self-imposed misery, for pity's sake?
  13. More than you ever wanted to read about spiny dogfish I organized a spiny dogfish workshop way back in 2008. Had a bunch of industry people, managers and scientists talk about what was a serious glut of them - and their impact on other, far more valuable (economically and recreationally) fisheries. Because of pressure on NOAA/NMFS from ENGOs (this was back when Jane Lubchenco ran the agency), actual and implied Magnuson restrictions on harvesting-particularly that fisheries must be managed for MSY-the quota "had to" be kept at ridiculously low levels. The proceedings of the workshop and a whole bunch of stuff is linked at http://www.fishnet-usa.com/dogforum1.htm. Back then I don't think there was a manager, fisherman or legitimately objective researcher who didn't think there were way to many spiny dogs off the mid-Atlantic/New England coast. Their hands were tied. It's a great example of how not to manage a fishery (or actually a bunch of related fisheries), and how our management process has been compromised by feckless bureaucrats, spineless pols, and effective lobbying-certainly not by any recreational or commercial fishing groups. ps - Monkfish haven't been underutilized for decades in the U.S. They used to be kept as shack in several fisheries but, thanks in large part to Julia Childs (she featured monkfish on one of her shows), a significant directed fishery-gillnet and otter trawl-has developed. They have "always" been popular in Europe and Asia.
  14. "So if you are trying to insult me, fark off" If my intent was to insult you I wouldn't be doing it by comparing you to two of the most well known-because of single works that each one did-artists today. Your potential for being insulted transcends that tremendously, and would be much more entertaining to boot. Does that mean I don't have to "fark off?"
  15. This thread is missing two things, it seems. The first is the William Butler Yeats 1919 poem The Second Coming, so I've pasted it below - Turning and turning in the widening gyre The falcon cannot hear the falconer; Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold; Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world, The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere The ceremony of innocence is drowned; The best lack all conviction, while the worst Are full of passionate intensity. Surely some revelation is at hand; Surely the Second Coming is at hand. The Second Coming! Hardly are those words out When a vast image out of Spiritus Mundi Troubles my sight: somewhere in sands of the desert A shape with lion body and the head of a man, A gaze blank and pitiless as the sun, Is moving its slow thighs, while all about it Reel shadows of the indignant desert birds. The darkness drops again; but now I know That twenty centuries of stony sleep Were vexed to nightmare by a rocking cradle, And what rough beast, its hour come round at last, Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born? The second is a portrait (self?) by Norwegian impressionist Edvard Munch painted in 1893. The Second Coming was written just after WW I, the Great War, the War to End All Wars, etc. and was a reflection of the artist's rather dismal outlook on modern (for the time) life. Munch supposedly painted The Scream when his own life was filled with turmoil. Both of these works seem to have quite a bit to do with what MickAff has been trying to say-though they do it a bit more succinctly (the greater part of 659 pages so far) and a lot more compellingly than he has. Each seems to be a sign of their own particular times as well as some folks' personal view of what they think of as the out-of-their-grasp direction their world, or at least of their portion of the world, is taking. But Munch got through his personal crisis (he died in 1944). The world got through WWI (and WW2, and a few other hot and cold wars). And will in all likelihood get through our current pandemic, in spite of the best efforts of supposed ghouls, cannibals, devil worshippers, Masons, Papists. Big Pharm and etc. But MickAff and his few supporters definitely deserve some kind of award for their tenacity.